inDecember 16, 2009 - 11:30am
Gazing at a star filled night reminds me of antique comet pins. From the dawn of time, people have been fascinated with the heavens. The Georgians and Victorians were no exception to this. They were quite enamored by Halley's comet and commemorated it’s return by fashioning many comet related items. Comet pins being the most fashionable and prized! As a collector of antique jewelry, I too am fascinated with these beautiful pins!
inDecember 14, 2009 - 3:05pm
When one thinks of topaz, a warm honey color comes to mind, but the gemstone also occurs in many colors in nature, including red, blue, violet and green. This lovely stone (as well as the gemstone citrine) is considered the gemstone for the month of November. It is also given as a gift for the 16th wedding anniversary, and is attributed to the zodiac sign of Scorpio.
inDecember 10, 2009 - 2:39pm
Christmas Jewelry is one of the most collectible categories in the fashion jewelry field. A great variety of jewelry makers and designers have work in this area, and some of the best known have Christmas Trees, Reindeer or Santas bearing their names. There are also thousands and thousands of unsigned pieces of all qualities available, many of which will never be accurately identified.
inDecember 9, 2009 - 4:54pm
I love to mess with jewelry. Sorting, cleaning and doing simple repairs of jewelry gives me hours and hours of pleasure and it a great stress reliever for me. I've often heard this referred to as "jewelry therapy," and this name seems so apt and appropriate to me. Alas, my eyes are older now, so I'm not able to do much in the way of repair, but I can still manage to replace the odd stone or two.
inDecember 1, 2009 - 5:48pm
My daughter, and partner at Ruby Lane, has always had a passion for diamonds and beautiful gemstones. Some years back she began studying them and purchasing all kinds of stones that I’d never even heard of. As she showed us her acquisitions, one caught my eye. It was super clear and of such a beautiful pale green/blue color that I immediately thought of tropical seas under sunlight. I’d discovered aquamarine.
inNovember 25, 2009 - 5:15pm
Many of the following tips on how to treat your vintage jewelry may be old news to some of you but it never hurts to take a minute just to be certain that how you are caring for and storing your prized pieces will ensure their condition and value.
One tip that is easy to forget is to NEVER wear your costume jewelry or faux pearls while applying perfume, hairspray or lotions. It is equally as important not to wear this jewelry against skin with perfume or lotions since the metal could react to the chemicals causing it to tarnish.
inNovember 20, 2009 - 12:31am
AS 2009 nears to an end and the holiday season begins our thoughts turn to loved ones, to gift buying and gift giving, and of course, to caring for those less fortunate. This is the time when charitable organizations raise funds for those under their care so that they too can have happy holidays. This year is proving to be very challenging to these organizations for reasons we all know too well.
inNovember 18, 2009 - 5:13pm
Never underestimate the power of a great gallery photo. With thousands of items for sale on Ruby Lane your gallery photo needs to grab a buyer’s attention immediately else they move on to the next item.
Many of us who sell on Ruby Lane also buy on Ruby Lane. While many shoppers do a keyword search for a specific item I simply enjoy looking at page after page to see what catches my eye. Many buyers shop this way.
The Finishing Touch - Vintage Jewelry: Guilloché Jewelry - The Art Form with Engine Turning as a Base
inNovember 13, 2009 - 2:46pm
Many vintage jewelry collectors refer to guilloché (pronounced gee-oh-shay and commonly anglicized as gee-oshe) as a type of enameling. The term actually refers to the process of engine turning which creates the design which shows as through the enamel in the piece. Remember the old spirograph machines you may have used as a child? This will give you a feeling of the look of a guilloché piece.
inNovember 9, 2009 - 5:49pm
Jewelry which is made from insects dates back to ancient times, but one style which has remained popular until today is butterfly wing jewelry. The technique became notable during the British Empire Exhibition of 1924, when Thomas Mott's butterfly wing jewelry exhibit was credited with making butterfly jewelry a fashion rage.